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Product Certification and Ecolabelling for Fisheries Sustainability











Wessells, C.R.; Cochrane, K.; Deere, C.; Wallis, P.; Willmann, R. Product certification and ecolabelling for fisheries sustainability. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 422. Rome, FAO. 2001. 83p.


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